A Properly Installed Water Heater Drain Pan Can Prevent Damaging from Leaks

Nobody likes water leaks and the damage to your home that can result from it.

That said, a leaky water heater can lead to flooding which makes this a potentially serious problem, especially since it can result in a great deal of  damage to your home’s drywall and/or flooring in the garage, where water heaters are most commonly installed here in Arizona’s Phoenix metro area and Valley of the Sun.

How to Prevent Water Damage from a Leaking Water Heater

Water damage from a leaking water heater can be mitigated or in some cases avoided, with the proper installation of a drain pan underneath the water heater itself.  A drain pan offers a simple and cheap way to prevent your hot water heater’s water leakage from potentially wreaking havoc in your home. Another benefit of a water heater drain pan is that it may help in preventing condensation of the flooring.

If you have a drain pan that was improperly installed, it likely won’t prevent water damage to your home if your water heater leaks.

It’s highly recommended that a drain pipe or water outlet pipe be connected to the drain pan which helps to direct water out and away from the walls into a drain line. In this way, as the drain pan fills with leaking water from the hot water heater, that water is then directed out of the pan into a drain line in the floor.

Installing A Drain Pan

As a consumer, you could buy a drain pain for your water heater from a home improvement store. However, for safety reasons, the task of installing the drain pan underneath your water heater and the connecting drain line is really a job best left to a professional.

Additionally, since drain pans are usually made of metal or plastic, there is the risk of cracking or permanently bending/squashing them if not properly installed.

If you’d like to learn more about properly installing a hot water heater drain pan, or you would like to schedule an appointment to have one of our water heater  professionals inspect your hot water heater, contact hot water heater experts at Eagle Air Cooling & Heating by calling 480-748-1781.

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